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  •  That's is really the thing here (13+ / 0-)

    she is brilliant, and in a debate, Scotty will look and perhaps sound like he is not so much.  She knows as much about the workings of Washington as he does, so . . . this could be fun.  Go Elizabeth

    •  Yes, Brown's had less time than her to learn... (7+ / 0-) things run there there as she must have. He's only in his second year. She's worked for both houses of Congress and is familiar with who the players and what their games are. Then her time working with the Obama administration has already given her a significant voice and a clue to what goes on inside the administration.

      She can probably make valid promises to provide larger representation overall beyond what Brown can deliver. And if she can do the same as a state representative - I assume her background gives her a grasp on those issues - that's not going to be so easy to fight.

      •  but she has had very little time to learn (1+ / 0-)
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        the ins and outs of Massachusetts politics, which are considerable.

        she's never run for anything or campaigned for anything before and now she is jumping into a statewide race in one of the most politically convoluted states in the US.

        "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
        I am a volunteer for Bob Massie for MA-Sen

        by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 07:25:00 PM PDT

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      •  Her appearances before Congress (1+ / 0-)
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        will count for little with average Mass. voter, and her work with the Obama Administration even less.

        And when you assume that her background as a professor at an elite private university gives her street cred with the lunchbucket bluecollar Dems and independents who are absolutely the ones whose votes you need to win in this state, you assume an awful lot.

        "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

        by Sharoney on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 09:16:02 PM PDT

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        •  I'd heard her for years before her govt roles (4+ / 0-)

          She has always been about working families under crushing debt, trying to demystify credit card traps, questioning the role of unsupervised credit rating agencies and more. She'll have time to expand her role regarding the TARP analysis she did which she says were unreasonably tilted towards the big banks. I almost started thinking 'there is a God' when congress picked her to lead the investigation. I also think the rabid Wall St. hatred of her could be leveraged in her favor.

          It's perhaps time for some people here to listen to her 'Fresh Air' interviews on NPR or borrow a book from the library. She's a freakin' champion of the people and I think her words and actions prove it. In fact she's a good model for dispelling the Ivory Tower BS.

          I can't see how at least Democrats won't get behind her. She represents Main St. like few others and short of a disastrous campaign I thnk at the very least a lot of independents will recognize that too.

          •  Oh, I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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            But your experience doesn't jibe with the average Massachusetts voter.

            I'm talking about the perception of her here on the ground, where the overriding question here is "What can this person do for me?"

            And I'm not talking about taking on Wall Street. I'm talking about the retiree who needs to have his benefits unbottlenecked. The family who wants their son to get the treatment he needs after a stint in Afghanistan. The family who is facing foreclosure. The town whose main business is threatened with destruction because a major infrastructure project is going to bore right through the town's central village.

            People like that aren't concerned with how impressive Ms. Warren was testifying before Congress, how scared Wall Street is of her, or especially how President Obama tapped her to constitute a committee many haven't heard of and can't bring themselves to care about in the face of pressing personal issues.

            When Tip O'Neill said, "All politics is local," he was speaking from experience. When my late father was threatened with losing a large chunk of his Marine Corps pension because of an arcane reshuffling of the requirements, Tip was the one who fixed things for him in Washington.

            It goes back to the days when your local pol was the guy who took care of you and yours first and took care of Washington policy issues second, because he knew where the votes were and what drove the voters.

            That's retail politics, Bay State style. That's the kind of advocacy people here care about. It's old-fashioned, shoe-leather campaigning that gets the job done here, not a bunch of out-of-state bloggers swarming over the state telling the voters here what is good for them.

            And no amount of starry-eyed heroine worshiping of Ms. Warren on a Berkeley-based blog can make that fact go away.

            There are many, many more low-information voters here in Mass. than most people suspect. Central Mass, where I live, is purple trending red. All Brown has to do is paint Warren as an "elitist outsider" to the blue-collar independent voters here and most of them will take his word for it and vote with the known quantity--namely, Brown.

            "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

            by Sharoney on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:52:05 PM PDT

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        •  She speaks directly to you, not down (1+ / 0-)
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          She explains things clearly.

          I think that will make sense to anyone, blue collar, no collar, whatever.

          She's for the working people, not the Wall Streeters-- who hate her.

          I must be dreaming...

          by murphy on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:18:56 AM PDT

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